The 60-Second Giant Pom Pom

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

We’re huge fans of pom-poms, so we’re thrilled to share this tech­nique for mak­ing giant pom-poms in 60 sec­onds flat. Red Heart sent us four huge boxes of yarn to exper­i­ment with and we came up with the quick­est way to make a pom pom, ever.

No more templates–just three basic sup­plies and your mak­ing pom-pom history.

Red Heart Yarn

We’re cov­er­ing every­thing with these quick & easy pom-poms this hol­i­day sea­son (watch the blog for more Red Heart projects). Sweaters, shoes, gifts… we’re even going to make a pom-pom gar­land for the front door. Have fun mas­ter­ing this super fun tech­nique and let us know what you make with your pom-poms!

The One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Mate­ri­als

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 1: Tie
Remove the paper wrap­ping from yarn. Using the nylon thread, cut off a long piece and tie around the cen­ter of the yarn.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 2: Repeat
Flip the yarn over to the oppo­site side and tie the nylon thread around the ball again, this time mak­ing sure to make the tie as tight as you can.

Once you’ve made the nylon thread nice and tight, go ahead and make a cou­ple of strong knots. Cut your thread ends short. Now you’re ready to start cut­ting into your pom pom!

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 3: Cut
Start by mak­ing your ini­tial cut as shown, align­ing your scis­sors to cut roughly one-third through the thick­ness of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 4: Pull
Once you’ve cut into the yarn, lightly run your fin­gers through the yarn and allow the loose threads to fall sep­a­rate from the rest of the yarn. Be care­ful not to pull too hard on the yarn that is still attached to the rest of the ball.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 5: Cut
As the yarn starts to fall loose, you’ll notice some loops towards the inside of the ball. Using your scis­sors, cut those loops in half and fluff these out as well. Repeat this process until you feel like you’ve got­ten most of the thread loops snipped in half.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 6: Trim
Once you have one half of your ball fluffed out and untan­gled, take your hand and make a tight fist around the short­est part of the loose threads as shown. Evenly trim the excess.

One Minute Giant Pom Pom Technique

Step 7: Repeat
Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other half of the pom pom.

To shape your pom pom, work from the middle-out. Trim evenly by grab­bing a fist full of yarn and cut­ting to the short­est layer.

NOTE: The yarn should gen­er­ally be longer in the mid­dle of your pom pom, so you’ll want to start by trim­ming those threads first.

Happy craft­ing!

  • http://thisislemonade.wordpress.com/ this is lemonade

    Wow, when you said “giant” I didn’t realise how giant! this is seri­ously a huge gen­er­ous hol­i­day pompom :)

  • Char­lotte Done

    That is a bril­liant idea!! Can’t believe I’ve spent all these years try­ing to squeeze balls of wool through the tiny card­board holes!! Thankyou! :D

  • https://twitter.com/minor_edition Ipshita C

    Oh my word. That is sim­ply awesome

  • Brooke

    How do you put it on a box? How do you secure the bot­tom with­out it falling apart? I feel like there should be one more step.…

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Brooke,

    You could leave the string from the first step longer instead of trim­ming it. You get faster and faster every time you make a lovely pom! :)
    Thanks for commenting!

    Rachel Faucett

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  • celina bai­ley

    Seri­ously, GENIUS! I know what to do with all that yarn I have from all the projects I never got done. My kids won’t have sweaters, at least now they’ll have giant pom­poms on everything!!!

  • Karen Baugh­man Lyons

    these are great, but at my income, would become a bit expen­sive to make too many of them. I think hubby would think I was crazy if he saw me doing this with one skein of yarn! (just think of all those lit­tle feet and heads I could cover with one skein)

  • Helen

    Love these — I’m sure to find wool on sale that will be perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cats.cradle.creations Melissa Reed Hart

    This tech­nique can also work with all the extra yarn left over from pre­vi­ous projects. Make a scarf and have extra? Make a match­ing pom for the pack­age! Or make a scarf and hat set and make a pom for the top of the hat.

  • Melissa Kojima

    That seems pretty straight­for­ward and easy. I love the giant pom pom on the gift pack­ages. What a great idea to make a whole gar­land of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.bony.1 Jan Bony

    How do I get Red Heart to send me a bunch of free yarn? I would love to do this and make many other things, I do a lot of char­ity work… gets expensive.

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Celina,
    Thanks for the fun com­ment! I’m pretty excited about this lit­tle technique.

    Thanks for stop­ping in!:)

    xox­oxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Ohh Yay! Red Heart is super afford­able and you can find it at any craft store.

    Thanks for stop­ping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    Great Idea! Thanks for stop­ping in!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Melissa,

    Ohhh I love the gar­land plan! Thanks for stop­ping in! We love you and you know it!

    xox­ox­ooxo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Karen,

    I hear you load and clear. I have 5 kids and totally get it. Red Heart is actu­ally really afford­able for any kind of project using yarn.

    Thanks for stop­ping in!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Ipshita,

    Thanks Thanks! I’ll have to say i’m pretty thrilled about this new dis­cov­ery. Thanks for com­ment­ing and stop­ping in!

    Yay!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Char­lotte,

    Love the name by the way! I grew up with my mom mak­ing pom pom tem­plates from re-cycled boxes. It was pretty fun show­ing her this lit­tle trick. Thanks for stop­ping in!

    Thanks Thanks!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Yay! Giant Giant! Thanks for stop­ping in Lemonade!

    xxox­oox,

    Rachel

  • Tina Bolen

    How do I get Red Heart to send me some free yarn? I donate cro­cheted baby blan­kets to our local Hosp­tial for the new­born units and a Children’s Hos­pi­tal Unit for their infants. You would be sur­prised how many peo­ple don’t have one for their baby when they leave. I have even been asked to do some for the infants that have passed away to be wrapped in and for their par­ents one. It is VERY expen­sive since I live on a fixed income. Last year alone I made over 50 blan­kets for the hospital.

  • Tina Bolen

    also great for on top of store bought plain beanie caps

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    Please email me sep­a­rately and I will pass on your info to the won­der­ful folks at Red Heart!

    Thanks and Thanks for Mak­ing blan­kets for the babies!

    xox­oox,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Jan,

    Please email me and I will pass your info on to Red Heart!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.c.richardson.3 Tina Clark Richardson

    Love, Love, Love. My pack­age are going to look spe­cial this year. Thanks for the Tutorial

  • Kara Cole

    So fun!! Now I know what everyone’s get­ting on top of there Christ­mas gifts this year. GIANT POMS!

  • tweet

    just made a few small pom poms — but I LOVE the giant ones!! thanks for the DIY

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Tweet,

    I love small poms too!

    xo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Kara,

    I’m so excited for you! I hope you have as much fun as I did mak­ing them!

    xo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    I love Love Love too! Red Heart is awe­some! Send pics dying to see what you come up with!

    XoXo,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Tina,

    That would be cool!
    xoxo,

    Rachel

  • sarah k

    I was won­der­ing what to do with all the extra balls of wool..Now I know..Thx

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ hand­made charlotte

    Hi Sarah,

    You can use poms poms all year long!

    Rachel F

  • http://sharidanbowman.wordpress.com/ Shari­dan

    good lord this is awe­some! I’m serio­suly think­ing about rewrap­ping my christ­mas presents just so I can do this now!

  • lit­tle­sunny

    Oh, it is quite easy to make :x

    Surely I will try to make one.

    Nangnho.com

  • Helen Follmer

    Rachel, I think using var­i­ous left over skeins of dif­fer­ent col­ors would be very pretty and we wouldn’t be using a full skein that could be used more effec­tively else­where. We all have left­over par­tial skeins! Use the same process and just tie all of them together.

  • http://www.brooklynfarmgirl.com/ Pamela @ Brook­lyn Farm Girl

    I did this to save time instead of wrap­ping it around my hand. I got lit­tle rolls of yarn (about 1/3 the size of reg­u­lar ones) and this worked per­fect for them. Thank you!

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Pamela,

    Thats an awe­some idea! I love this project! One of my best DIY’s ever!

    Thanks,

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Pom Pom Boogie,

    please send your projects!
    We love pom poms too!

    Yeah!

    Rachel

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Lit­tle Sunny,

    Super super easy!!! it and report back!!

    Thanks,

    Rachel Faucett

  • http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/ Hand­made Charlotte

    Hi Shari­dan,

    You could cre­ate the poms all year long! Long Live The 60 Sec­ond Pom Pom!!!!!!

    Yeah!!!

    Rachel Faucett

  • Dianne Stone

    Tina: Try Sal­va­tion Army, Good­will or resale shops. You can get bags of yarn for a few bucks. Go to ravelry.com and sign up. They have a yarn exchange and some peeps give yarn away for a good cause or just pay the ship­ping. Make sure you tell them what you do with it. God bless you and your giv­ing gen­er­ous heart!! <3 <3 <3 you!!!